Saturday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

I hope you are having a great start to the weekend! Today was the beginning of a major warming trend; in-fact, temperatures will be in the 70s for Monday and Tuesday. The good news is that we have some good rain chances coming up. Today, temperatures reached the lower 60s in Tuscaloosa, but some of our southern cities managed to climb into the middle 60s. We also dealt with lots of clouds today. Some places got to see a little rainfall, but most of that was only about a trace of precipitation. The clouds have begun to thin out this evening, but as moisture returns, low clouds will begin to develop all across the area. We will deal with a mix of sun and clouds for tomorrow; highs will be in the upper 60s. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few backyard thermometers reaching 70 degrees. Once we being next workweek, our highs will reach the low 70s area wide. Our next major storm system will make it into town by Tuesday; that’s when we could see the threat for strong to severe storms. It’s something we will have to keep a close eye on. The main threat will be from large hail, damaging winds, and the threat for an isolated tornado. As of now, it looks like Tuesday afternoon will be the best chance to see strong storms.

This system will usher in slightly cooler weather for Wednesday and Thursday. Another system will work in here on Thursday, giving us a 40% chance of rain and storms. This will bring a shot of colder weather, which sets us up for an interesting forecast by next weekend. Things will quickly change again for the weekend. The models have been showing a low developing in the northern Gulf of Mexico. This low will be tracking to our east, placing us on the cold and unsettled sector of the low. The track and strength if this low will greatly determine what will happen in our forecast. As of now, I am forecasting highs in the 40s on Saturday, with a chance of showers. Things could change in our forecast as it gets closer, but several models depict the threat for winter weather for someone in the south. Stay tuned! I hope that you will join us tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest on your forecast and much more.

Richard Scott
WVUA TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor